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Reporters Without Orders

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Young Reporters talk about major stories of the week and what it took to cover them. Hosted by: Cherry Agarwal Click here to support Newslaundry: http://bit.ly/paytokeepnewsfree
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Reporters+Without+Orders+Ep+151%3A+The+Arnab-Partho+Chats
access_time3 days ago
In this episode, the host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Ayush Tiwari to discuss the television ratings scam and the WhatsApp chats between Republic TV’s editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami and Partho Dasgupta, the former CEO of Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC).Ayush begins by pointing out that the chats revealed something that everyone already suspected—that behind all the nationalistic clamour on Indian television news, there is nothing but a network of opportunists and middle men who line their pockets and buy influence.Through the length of the discussion, Ayush cites his recent media reports and goes on to highlight how BARC, a government-mandated body, has been compromised at different levels. From Republic TV and Zee reaching millions of viewers illegally to a former minister in the information and broadcasting ministry allegedly “keeping aside” a multi-crore complaint against Republic TV, Ayush explains just how deep-rooted the corruption is. The duo also discuss the most shocking and the funniest bits of the WhatsApp chats.All this and a lot more as they talk about what made news this week, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Reporters+Without+Orders+Ep+150%3A+SC+committee+on+farm+laws+and+UP+govt%E2%80%99s+advertorial+in+TIME+magazine
access_time10 days ago
In this episode, the host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Basant Kumar and Ayush Tiwari.From a buffalo’s funeral in Meerut to BJP MP Hema Malini’s ignorant comments about the farmers -- the trio share a few laughs talking about the most bizarre news stories they heard during the week. The conversation then moves to the farmer protests. Snigdha shares the latest updates including the Supreme Court-appointed committee to resolve the crisis, which in turn brings her to the objections raised against it.Based on their report, Ayush and Basant highlight how each of the four members of the committee appointed by the apex court have, in the recent past, publicly expressed their support for the three contentious farm laws. Basant also talks about the Bhartiya Kisan Union and its various factions. The trio discuss how the state and a section of TV media has pushed farmers into a corner.Apart from the farmer protests, the panel also discusses Uttar Pradesh government’s advertorial in TIME magazine’s India edition and how a section of Indian media ran it as a report. In relation to the same, Ayush and Snigdha also discuss the evolving use of press releases over the years. All this and a lot more as they talk about what made news this week, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Reporters+Without+Orders+Ep+149%3A+UP%E2%80%99s+anti-conversion+law+and+farmer+protests
access_time17 days ago
In this episode, the host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Basant Kumar and Akanksha Kumar.The conversation starts off with some bizarre news stories and quickly moves to Basant’s report on the association of right-wing groups with most cases registered under the new anti-conversion law in Uttar Pradesh. The discussion then shifts to Akanksha’s report on how a local right-wing body disrupted a consensual interfaith marriage in Lucknow. The triad discusses the role of local fringe groups before and after the new law came to be.The three also talk about the farmers' protest and Basant’s report on the 12 farmer groups who extended support to the new agriculture laws. “Five  out of 12 farmers associations were directly connected to BJP,” says Basant.All this and a lot more as they talk about what made news this week, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Reporters+Without+Orders+Ep+148%3A+The+disastrous+annual+floods+of+Assam+and+their+aftermath
access_time24 days ago
Not a single year goes by when some part of our country is struck by a natural disaster. This year was no different, with floods, cyclones, droughts, and wildfires. Add to that the Covid-19 pandemic.In this episode, the host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Assam correspondent, Supriti David, to discuss the devastating annual floods in Assam caused by the Brahmaputra river. Supriti covered a stretch of over 1000 kms across the banks of the treacherous river to document the aftermath of the floods. She begins by giving some background on the nature and duration of the floods. On the government’s outlook towards the annual floods, Supriti points out: “What the government and the people affected have in common is that they’ve accepted this for what it is: a natural disaster. They think that because it cannot be prevented, the damage that accompanies it cannot be mitigated, but that’s not true.” Supriti recounts how among the villages that she visited, none of the residents had a good word to say about the government response to the annual calamity.The duo also discuss the consequences of the floods in multiple villages across Assam’s districts. In case of Borphalang village, Supriti describes how it remains submerged and cut off from the rest of the region for half the year.Supriti’s in-depth ground reports, which are a part of the Newslaundry Sena ‘Disastrous Consequences’ project can be found here. All this and a lot more as they talk about what made news this week, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have.  Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Reporters+Without+Orders+Ep+147%3A+%E2%80%98Love+jihad%E2%80%99+and+Uttar+Pradesh%E2%80%99s+anti-conversion+law
access_time1 month ago
In this episode, the host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Nidhi Suresh and The Hindu’s Uttar Pradesh correspondent, Omar Rashid.The conversation starts off with the panelists sharing the strangest news stories they heard during the week. They then move on to discuss what the bogey of Love Jihad really means? “Basically it’s a political lie created by the right-wing to criminalise the behaviour of Muslim men when it comes to their interaction with Hindu women,” says Omar. The trio also discuss, in detail, the recent case in Moradabad where an interfaith couple were held under Uttar Pradesh’s new anti-conversion law despite repeatedly stating that the marriage and conversion was consensual. Nidhi and Omar, who covered the story from the ground, describe their experience and highlight the lapses and contradictions in the case. On the role of the media in propping up the narrative of ‘love jihad’, Omar says: “I feel the media really plays a big role to send a message to the larger audience that something like this exists and to define their biases, their prejudices and conservative practises into a very well formulated idea called Love Jihad.”All this and a lot more as they talk about what made news this week, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Reporters+Without+Orders+Ep+146%3A+Farmer+Protests
access_time1 month ago
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Basant Kumar and Anna Priyadarshini.The conversation hits off with the bizarre news stories, from a fisherman finding the world’s biggest blob of whale vomit worth 2.4 million pounds to a wife of a dead Patiala man receiving a ‘sample-collected’ SMS on her husband’s phone.The discussion begins with Anna and Ayush’s report on ex-soldiers at the farmer protests denouncing the Naxal jibes at them by Union Minister Piyush Goyal. Last week, the minister had alleged, without evidence, that the ongoing protests against the new farm laws had been infiltrated by “Naxal and Maoist elements”. A section of the media too had claimed the protests had been “hijacked by anti-national forces” and “foreign powers”. The most apt response to the allegations was from a 75-year-old former subedar of the Indian army, Joginder Singh, who said “Narendra Modi and Amit Shah were children when we fought wars for this country. So if they call patriots like me Naxali, then why should we even answer them? It is like mocking a priest about his mantra. Or lecturing a farmer about agriculture, as they’re doing. They should be ashamed of themselves.”With the fall in Delhi’s temperature and the subsequent rise in the number of deaths associated with the farmer protests, Snigdha moves to Basant’s report. Basant gives the example of Shri Krishnalal, a 65 year-old accountant who died in front of Niranjan Singh Dhola, the Punjab Secretary of Indian Farmers Union (Rajewal). So far, at least 20 people associated with the protests have died.Based on his interaction with the agitating farmers on the ground, Basant says they are prepared for anything coming their way. He adds, “The farmers don't mind dying. They’ve taken the issue to heart.”Anna weighs in and says, “When we spoke to these ex-servicemen, they described it as their last war. One of them said, we don’t have anything to lose ‘ab toh jeet ke hi jaana hai.’ That's what they said and that was obviously echoed throughout.”This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Reporters+Without+Orders+Ep+145%3A+Baghjan+Blowout
access_time2 months ago
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Supriti David and Scroll’s Arunabh Saikia . Through the length of the episode, the panel discusses the Baghjan oil field fire in Assam, its consequences and the role of Oil India Limited.All this and a lot more as they talk about what made news this week, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Reporters+Without+Orders+Ep+144%3A+Farmer+protests
access_time2 months ago
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Basant Kumar and Nidhi Suresh. Through the length of the episode, the panel discusses several aspects of the farmers’ protest. They shed light on the media’s coverage, the farmers’ perspective, the role political parties are playing, and the steps taken by the government to resolve the issues.All this and a lot more as they talk about what made news this week, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Reporters+Without+Orders+Ep+143%3A+The+mysterious+death+of+Pappi+Devi+and+her+newborn%2C+govt%E2%80%99s+new+FDI+policy+for+digital+media%2C+and+Sudarshan+TV
access_time2 months ago
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Ayush Tiwari and Akanksha Kumar “if you give birth to a girl, we will not let you or her stay alive.” This is what young Pappi Devi’s in-laws told her before she and her newborn baby girl died in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri district. The conversation begins with Akanksha narrating the young woman’s story and the mysterious circumstances surrounding their deaths. Questioning why no arrests have been made in the case till date, she talks about how the victim’s family had to file 15 complaints before an FIR was registered four months after the incident. Akanksha and Ayush both term Uttar Pradesh as an “absentee state”. Next, Ayush talks about his report on the sudden shut down of HuffPost India. He labels it as “dramatic” and goes on to add that the website may be the first “casualty” of the new FDI scheme launched by the current government for digital media organisations. The new policy restricts foreign investment in Indian digital media to 26 per cent. Snigdha points out how this further reduces the space for independent media in the country. Lastly, the panel discusses Ayush’s second story, on Sudarshan News’s show ‘UPSC Jihad’. Ayush explains how the show propagated a conspiracy theory on the infiltration of Muslims in the Indian bureaucracy. He talks about how the Supreme Court ordered the show to be taken off air, saying it is “in bad taste and there is a likelihood that it would produce communal attitudes.” The panel also calls out the government for deflecting responsibility and unfairly restricting the digital news space instead. All this and a lot more as they talk about what made news this week, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Reporters+Without+Orders+Ep+142%3A+What+ails+BARC%2C+and+rape+cases+in+Uttar+Pradesh
access_time2 months ago
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Ayush Tiwari and Nidhi Suresh. The conversation begins with Ayush’s report on the Broadcast Audience Research Council and why its audience measurement system is “rotten”. The panel discusses how BARC’s functioning and systems are “highly manipulative” and “not accurate”. On the organisation suspending TV news ratings for three months while it “reviews protocols”, Ayush says: “India’s premier TV audience measurement agency needs to put its house in order, and a three-month suspension of TRPs will not cut it.”The discussion moves on to a report by Nidhi and Newslaundry’s Akanksha Kumar on the rape and murder of a three-year-old in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri. Nidhi brings up the flaws in the system, such as how there’s only one forensic lab in the entire state. On covering three rape cases in Uttar Pradesh, she says, “What struck me was that no one there was as shocked as I was after hearing about these cases, as if it happened a lot, or it was normal.”All this and a lot more as they talk about what made news this week, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Reporters+Without+Orders+Ep+141%3A+Analysing+the+Bihar+election+and+results
access_time2 months ago
 In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Basant Kumar and BBC’s Neeraj Priyadarshi.The conversation begins with the Bihar election results, and Basant describes his experience of covering the election on the ground. Throughout the election, he says, people made their discontent clear against the Nitish Kumar government.“I was wrong when I thought that this time, the election was just about real issues. But no, this year again, it was about caste,” he adds. “Despite so many issues remaining the same in Bihar for the last 15 years, people did vote on the basis of caste.”Neeraj explains how women votes helped the NDA gain a majority in Bihar. Though people were not happy with Nitish, he says, Bihar’s women voted for him because of the reforms Nitish brought in for them. “Women have Nitish’s back,” he says. He also believes that after Nitish’s tenure, Bihar has good youth leaders, ready to step in.All this and a lot more as they talk about what made news this week, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Reporters+Without+Orders+Ep+140%3A+Sakal+Media%E2%80%99s+harassment+of+Newslaundry+reporter+and+Bihar+Election
access_time3 months ago
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Basant Kumar and Prateek GoyalThe conversation hits off with the arrest of Arnab Goswami by Mumbai police. For the first time in the country, some of the most important ministers of the union cabinet came together and called for press freedom to condemn the event. Considering the numerous incidents of journalists being harassed for doing their job that did not see public denouncement from anyone from the government, Snigdha asks if press freedom in India is selectively applied. In the same context, Snigdha brings up a recent case involving two reports by Newslaundry’s Prateek Goyal about one of Maharashtra’s leading media houses Sakal Media Group and how it had sacked its employees in violation of a government directive to not terminate workers during the pandemic. After the publishing of two reports, Newslaundry was slapped with a sixty five crore rupees defamation notice along with an FIR against Prateek. Prateek goes on to divulge the details of the case and how the Pune police have been harassing him, visiting his home unannounced and attempting to seize his laptop. Snigdha asks Prateek about press freedom in India, and he says, “No matter which political party it is, they react if someone opposes them or raises their voice against their wrongdoings.” Snigdha then moves on to discuss Basant’s coverage of the Bihar elections, focusing on the second phase of the polls. Basant talks about his report on the sugar mill of Motihari, where farmers and workers have been waiting years for their pending dues. Highlighting the problems that farmers face, Basant says, “All the farmers in Bihar are worried. If the going of grains is Rs 1800 per quintal, here farmers can’t even sell it for Rs 1100-1200 because there’s no MSP system in Bihar.” He also talks about how agriculture, one of the most important concerns for voters in Bihar, has barely featured as a key issue during these elections.This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Reporters+Without+Orders+Ep+139%3A+Lakhimpur+Kheri+and+the+Delhi+riots+investigation
access_time3 months ago
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Akanksha Kumar and Ayush Tiwari.From a warmongering senior politician from Uttar Pradesh to a recently-formed “nationalist” digital media association, the conversation hits off with some bizarre news stories.The discussion moves on to Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri--a place that has recently gained notoriety for crimes against women, especially minors from socially disadvantaged communities. In the month of August, within a span of twenty days, at least three incidents of rape and murder of minors belonging to the Dalit community were reported from the region. Newslaundry reporters Akanksha Kumar and Nidhi Suresh visited Lakhimpur Kheri to report on the issue. Referring to her report on the first case involving a 13-year-old girl, the most heart wrenching part, Akanksha says, was when the victim’s mother said, “I was sleeping, otherwise I would’ve gone with her.”Akanksha goes on to talk about her report on the second case involving a 17 year-old victim. She draws parallels and points to the differences between Hathras and Lakhimpur Kheri cases in terms of caste divide. Joining the conversation, Ayush observes, “Covering such stories like Hathras and Lakhimpur Kheri, it seems that the field (agricultural), khet jisko kehte hai, in rural India is such an unsafe space for women.”Snigdha then moves on to discuss Ayush and Sukriti’s NL Sena report on Delhi police’s probe into the murder of Ashfaq Hussain, Mehtab Khan, and Zakir Ahmed. Snigdha asks Ayush what he, as a reporter, draws from the experience of consistently following one story as in this case. He says, “So when we look at these riot stories, they are all different in their own ways. But they all say something about the kind of world we live in. Talking further, Ayush points towards the lack of substantial evidence against Mohammad Arif, the accused in the case. He adds, “It was pretty clear through these eye witnesses that this man is being framed in this case. But what everyone would tell you about Arif in Brijpuri is that he is a BC. I didn't know what this BC was so I asked them. BC refers to ‘Bad Character’ or history-sheeter, in other words. This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Reporters+Without+Orders+Ep+138%3A+Bihar+Assembly+Election+and+Dalit+girl%E2%80%99s+death+in+Delhi
access_time3 months ago
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Nidhi Suresh and Basant Kumar.The conversation begins with Basant’s coverage of the Bihar assembly election. Despite the incumbent government’s claims of making bihar free of open defecation, Basant points out how, barely 500 meters from the deputy chief minister’s house, the residents of a Dalit colony are forced to defecate in the open. Basant goes on to explain how big a role caste plays during elections in Bihar. He also points towards the neglected health infrastructure in the state with an example of a government hospital in CM Nitish Kumar’s home district, Nalanda.The discussion then moves to Nidhi's report from Delhi's Model Town, where a Dalit girl was found dead in her employer’s home. Just like in the Hathras case, her body was cremated forcefully by the Delhi police at night, against the family’s wishes. Nidhi sheds light on the police’s abominable behaviour and why the victim’s relatives have been alleging rape and murder.All this and a lot more as they talk about what made news this week, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Reporters+Without+Orders+Ep+137%3A+TRP+scam%2C+Hathras%2C+and+more
access_time3 months ago
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Gaurav Sarkar, Senior Reporter at Mid-Day, along with Newslaundry’s Akanksha Kumar.The conversation hits off with the bizarre news stories, from Jeff Bezos’ New Shephard to the Tanishq ad controversy.The discussion then moves on to the TRP scam. Gaurav says a certain section of the media, however small, including Newslaundry, should pat themselves on the back for calling out big brands for finding hate-ridden news. He says, pointing to the broader picture, that the TRP scam is an offshoot of the events that preceded the entire fiasco: the SSR case. He talks about how some news channels turned SSR’s death into a joke, politicised it and then came their “Trump card, “miss loose cannon Kangana.”Then comes the latest in the Hathras case and how the family of the victim is being hounded by the media. Akanksha tells Snigdha about the ugly exchange that happened between the victims' relatives and the media. Referring to her report, she says, “One must also remember that there are certain media houses who have been looking for some or the other conspiracy theory in the case and also trying to rule out the caste angle. Whereas when you go to the ground, the build up to the crime can be explained only through the prism of caste.”Snigdha moves on to discuss Gaurav’s report on Tarun, a 17-year-old autistic child from Colaba who got lost in a crowd and never returned. Gaurav highlights the gross negligence by the police and the Railway Police Force in the case. After a year, as the case gets colder, the family still has not given up hope. “It’s a story that, I think, social media can eventually solve. My faith in this particular case lies in the power of social media because we’ve seen what it can do from the Baba Ka Dhaba case” he says.This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Reporters+Without+Orders+Ep+136%3A+Hathras+and+the+political+dodge
access_time4 months ago
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Damini Kain, a student activist and academic researcher on issues related to caste and gender, along with Newslaundry’s Ayush Tiwari and Nidhi Suresh.The conversation begins with UP government’s denial of rape in the Hathras case. Nidhi begins the discussion by highlighting, on the basis of medical records and other evidence, how the no-rape claim does not hold. “Something that's become very evident through the research is that firstly this was not an inevitable death. This was simply not prevented, it was just not taken care of, nobody was there for her, nobody attended to her on time,” says Nidhi.While the incident has shockwaves throughout the nation, Damini who hails from western Uttar Pradesh herself, tells Snigdha about how government’s and the police’s response when it comes to crimes against  the Dalit community are evasive to the extent of being oppressive . She says that the nexus of  upper caste dominance even in the Hathras case is a reflection of how Dalit women are treated, even by law-makers. Ayush draws out the ridiculousness of Uttar Pradesh Police’s “international plot to defame UP government” claim. He adds more context to the discussion on crimes against women in Uttar Pradesh. In a recent report, he pointed how the Adityanath government has trying to protect bureaucrats who in turn were accused of protecting Kuldeep Singh Sengar, the former BJP MLA from Unnao sentenced to life in prison for raping a minor. Coming back to the dynamics of caste in rural and urban areas, Damini says that we shouldn’t reduce the discussion just to atrocities against Dalits but also how caste functions on a day-to day basis. She shares a recent report that shows how caste dominates Indian cities. “We need to come to a meeting ground that can be established when enough representation is given to people from all marginalized communities,” she adds.This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have.Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Reporters+Without+Orders+Ep+135%3A+Hathras+rape+case%2C+and+how+the+media+covered+it
access_time4 months ago
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Nidhi Suresh and Akanksha Kumar. This time, the trio skip the bizarre news section to discuss the most horrific story of the week:  the Hathras case. A 19-year-old Dalit woman succumbed to injuries at a hospital in New Delhi after she was gangraped by four Thakur men in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras district. Nidhi brings up that the victim’s body was cremated by the Uttar Pradesh police without a single family member being present. “Her family was deprived of even one intimate moment with her body,” she says. In the context of medical shortcomings and administrative blunders, she adds: “The family has to ask the doctors again and again, to take a look at her.” Nidhi also explains how the family, afraid they might lose the woman, tried at the time to get the media’s attention. On how the story was covered by the media, Akanksha talks about how “empathy was missing in the reporters” while they were speaking to the victim’s family. “Initially, no media house reported this story, but after they did, I wished that they didn’t,” she says. “Every inch of the house was occupied by journalists and relatives.” Nidhi and Akanksha explain the caste divide in the village, and how they asked Thakur residents if they participated in Valmiki weddings. The Thakurs said no, Nidhi says, but said the Valmikis would come for their weddings “for cleaning”. The Valmiki families are also treated differently in shops, and nobody wants to touch anything that they have touched. All this and a lot more as they talk about what made news this week, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Reporters+Without+Orders+Ep+134%3A+The+story+of+Laungi+Manjhi+and+Panchjanya%E2%80%99s+obsession+with+love+jihad
access_time4 months ago
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Basant Kumar and former Newslaundry reporter Rohin Verma.The discussion begins with Rohin’s report on Laungi Manjhi from Bihar’s Gaya. The man worked alone for thirty long years and dug out a three-kilometre-long canal to bring water to his village in southern Bihar, a region prone to severe drought. While most media houses pegged his story as one of inspiration, Rohin, through his report, highlighted the extreme poverty and government apathy that led Manjhi to take the task upon himself.  “Even if reporters would have pitched these stories, I know the editors wouldn’t have found it worthy enough to be covered,” says Rohin talking about how no one noticed what Manjhi had been doing for three decades. “But now when all is done, everyone wants to do a story on it.” The discussion then moves on to Basant’s report on the right wing’s obsession with the idea of ‘Love Jihad,’ especially in Uttar Pradesh. Panchajanya, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s mouthpiece, recently published a story on Love Jihad called ‘Pyaar ka Islamic katal’. All it took was a little digging for Basant to discover the glaring loopholes in the story. He also talks about how a committee has been formed in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur to look into cases of Love Jihad. “UP has so many cases of rape and many other issues, and all they can care about is Love Jihad,” says Basant.All this and a lot more as they talk about what made news this week, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Reporters+Without+Orders+Ep+133%3A+Baghjan+blowout%2C+Umar+Khalid%2C+and+Sudarshan+TV
access_time4 months ago
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Supriti David and Ayush Tiwari.The conversation hits off with the most bizarre news story: Sudarshan TV’s show on  ‘UPSC Jihad.’ Last month, the Delhi High Court had put a stay order on the hate-mongering channel after the notorious #UPSC_Jihad promo caused an outrage on social media.  In his show, the channel’s editor-in-chief, Suresh Chavanke tried to convince  his audience that Indian Muslims have launched a ‘jihad’ on the coveted civil services examinations. Ayush talks about his report on the matter and contrasts the Supreme Court’s reaction to the show with that from the I&B Ministry.The discussion then moves on to Supriti’s report on the Baghjan oil well blowout in Assam. Supriti relates her experience of visiting the site, and how just a few minutes of exposure to “the roaring noise of the flame” and the smell of gas left her feeling nauseous. Imagine what the people who live there are going through, she says. She talks about the long-term ecological repercussions of the disaster and the response from Oil India Limited. She goes on to elaborate on the plight of villagers displaced by the fire who currently reside in relief camps. “Four months in a relief camp is a long time.” The people there want closure, acknowledgement of their suffering, and a concrete plan to ensure their rehabilitation,” says Supriti. Snigdha moves on to discuss Ayush’s report on Umar Khalid’s arrest and his interview of the arrested human rights activist, not long before he was arrested. “He was mentally prepared that he will be arrested,” says Ayush. He also points out the glaring loopholes in the Delhi Riots investigations. All this and a lot more as they talk about what made news this week, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Reporters+Without+Orders+Ep+132%3A+Inside+the+%23JusticeForSSR+cult+and+Uttar+Pradesh%E2%80%99s+failing+healthcare+system
access_time5 months ago
In this edition, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Nidhi Suresh and Basant Kumar.The trio begins with the most bizarre headlines they came across this week. Basant and Nidhi think the tussle between Shiv Sena and BJP via Kangana Ranaut is quite strange while Snigdha can’t get over ‘Faux-Bama.’The discussion moves to Nidhi’s report on #JusticeforSSR groups online. “People on these groups want the worst for Rhea Chakraborty, they want her to be arrested, dead and hanged,” says Nidhi. But what drives them and why have they taken the actor’s death so personally? “The answers I got were surprising, yet very human,” says Nidhi. The panel also discuss the role of the TV news media and the brutal race for TRPs. The conversation then switches to an issue that has been conspicuously absent from TV news for a while: the novel coronavirus. Basant relates the details of his report on the dismal healthcare infrastructure in Uttar Pradesh. “Every day we watch new channels and newspapers reporting how the UP government is handling the coronavirus really well, but the reality on the ground is very different,” he says. From false test results to the lack of hospital beds and doctors refusing to treat non-Covid patients, Basant’s story paints a worrying picture of the pandemic in the fifth-worst affected state in India. All this and a lot more as they talk about what made news this week, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Reporters+Without+Orders+Ep+131%3A+The+media+frenzy+around+Rhea+Chakraborty+and+how+not+to+cover+a+rape
access_time5 months ago
In this edition, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Prateek Goyal and Supriti David.The trio first look back at the most bizarre headlines they came across this week. Supriti chooses an awful new TikTok craze, in which certain users dressed up as and pretend to be Holocaust victims, while Snigdha briefs us on U.S. President Donald Trump’s contentious trip to Kenosha, Wisconsin, where incidents of police brutality and vigilantism occurred this week.Prateek tells us about a story closer to home, wherein Times Now anchor Rahul Shivshankar berated a panelist who tried talking about India’s GDP slump instead of the frenzied media ‘investigation’ into the death of Sushant Singh Rajput. This prompts a conversation about Rhea Chakraborty’s unending trial by media. As Supriti puts it, “The media, which is supposed to be the fourth pillar of democracy, has been adding fuel to fire.” Prateek spent a day observing reporters outside Chakraborty’s house, and describes what he saw in distressing detail.The media’s recent indifference to ethics extends far past Bollywood, Supriti explains. Her recent investigative piece details how in Assam, journalists are accused of driving a survivor of child rape to attempt suicide. Local reporters repeatedly evaded legal procedure and invaded the victim’s privacy.All this and a lot more as they talk about what made news this week, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Reporters+Without+Orders+Ep+130%3A+Prashant+Bhushan%E2%80%99s+SC+hearing%2C+Facebook%2C+and+more
access_time5 months ago
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Ayan Sharma and Nidhi Suresh. The episode begins with the trio sharing bizarre news stories. While Snigdha talks about an AYUSH Ministry secretary asking attendees of an online training session to leave if they did not know Hindi, Ayan shares the story of a 92-year-old Vietnamese man who never cut his hair, and Nidhi talks about Supreme Court’s peculiar advice to Prashant Bhushan during his contempt case hearing. Nidhi, who wrote a report on the hearing, explains the proceedings in detail. Then the trio moves on to discuss another report of Nidhi’s on Facebook’s stance on hate speech and human rights, and why it has always been ‘hypocritical’. She adds “Facebook always accepts it is guilty of all the charges they have ever been accused of, they never deflect from that. But they don’t take action against it either.” The world’s largest social network is facing tough questions regarding its soft approach to the regulation of hateful content, especially after the Wall Street Journal report. “From Myanmar to the Philippines, the internet giant’s record speaks volumes about its commitment, or the lack of it, to tackle hate speech and violence,” says Nidhi. The trio also discusses Maria Ressa’s case. Ressa has consistently been critical of Facebook, holding the social media giant responsible for the spread of disinformation and hatred.Then the discussion moves on to Ayan’s ground report on railway porters and their plight. When he spoke to them about how the pandemic has affected them, all of them had one thing to say--that nobody cared about their plight. The Railways has not provided any support to these porters, some of whom have been working at railway stations since generations. Ayan also highlights how “uncertain and clueless the railway officials” were when questioned them in this regard. “The porters need an answer from the government or the officials because they don’t know what is going to happen,” says Ayan. This and a lot more as they talk about what made news this week, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have.Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Reporters+Without+Orders+Ep+129%3A+On+dissent%2C+toxic+TV+debates+and+the+death+of+Rajiv+Tyagi%2C+and+more
access_time5 months ago
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Akanksha Kumar and Basant Kumar.  The discussion begins with Akanksha’s report on the discourse over whether it was toxic TV news debates that resulted in the death of Congress spokesperson, Rajiv Tyagi. Discussing the manner in which debates are conducted on national television, Akanksha says, “Yes, TV debates are toxic, but linking them to Tyagi’s death has to stop.” She draws attention to how Tyagi made a space for himself as a TV commentator known for his theatrics and as the only person who could “take on BJP’s Sambit Patra.” Basant also points out how “Tyagi knew how TV debates are conducted, he knew what he was getting into.” The panel agrees that while it is about time we rethink the toxicity on display on news channels every night, it is unfair to blame the anchor Rohit Sardana or Sambit Patra for Tyagi’s untimely demise. The discussion then moves on to Basant’s report, a follow-up on the attack on Caravan journalists. A day after the attack, Basant attended a press conference by The Caravan team. The number of people who showed up speaks volumes on how much people actually care about journalists and press freedom in India, says Basant. Snigdha and Basant also bring up the statement issued by Editors Guild regarding the attack which they feel was “disappointing” to say the least. Basant also talks about his conversation with Arundhati Roy, who was present at the event, about the attack and the slow strangulation of dissent across the country. This and a lot more as they talk about what made news this week, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have.Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Reporters+Without+Orders+Ep+128%3A+Mob+attack+on+Caravan+journalists%2C+reporting+on+Northeast+Delhi+riots%2C+and+more
access_time6 months ago
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Ayush Tiwari and Basant Kumar. They discuss Ayush and Basant’s report about what happened in Northeast Delhi on the night of Bhoomi Pujan for the Ayodhya temple. “Residents told us that people at night were raising obscene slogans like ‘Mullo bahar jao’, ‘Suaron bahar jao’, they called them pigs,” Ayush says, adding that Muslim residents were scared and nervous. “All this sloganeering had set off a panic attack in the area.”  A lot of saffron flags were planted in the locality,” Basant adds. “A couple of the flags were removed by the police in the morning. The police said they removed the flags to avoid tension.” The trio also discusses the SHO’s response to the situation in Northeast Delhi. On being questioned about the flags, the SHO responded “why is there a problem in putting up flags? They weren’t put up on their homes.” “How can a police officer dismiss the fear and concern of the citizens,” says Ayush. They also discuss how a Hindu mob attacked three Caravan reporters, again in Northeast Delhi. The journalists were out reporting on the harassment of the neighbourhood’s Muslim women. They were “harassed” and “manhandled” by the mob. Basant and Ayush recount their own experiences reporting in Northeast Delhi. “I definitely felt a little uneasy there,”Ayush says.  Basant points out that such attacks on journalists are not a new phenomenon. But what is surprising now is the response of the police.   This and a lot more as they talk about what made news this week, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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access_time6 months ago
For this week’s episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Supriti David, a new recruit at Newslaundry and Jahnavi Uppuleti, an independent journalist who writes on caste, politics, and culture.  The episode begins with the trio sharing bizarre news stories. While Jahnavi talks about a repulsive story involving a sadhu and his saliva, and Supriti shares the story of a drug-smuggling cat, Snigdha talks about how her bizarre news story is about how bizarre news itself has become in India.  Following this, Jahnavi gives listeners a brief introduction to her report on the Dappu, a musical instrument that holds immense socio-political significance amongst not just the Madigas, but the Dalit community at large. Talking about how the Dappu is perceived as an ‘untouchable’s instrument’ that continues to be associated with ‘shame’ by other communities, she says, “Many avoid playing or acknowledging it in public, to avoid unnecessary stares and complications with upper caste communities.”  The discussion then moves on to Assam floods and Supriti’s article on the difference between the coverage of the calamity by mainstream media and local media. “Local papers and news channels gave the tragedy a human face,” she says.  This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+126%3A+The+murder+of+Shahid+Alam+and+Delhi+police%E2%80%99s+chargesheet
access_time6 months ago
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Ayush Tiwari and Basant KumarThey delve into the second report of the NL Sena series by Ayush and Basant on the deadly communal carnage that engulfed the national capital in February this year. The new report deals with the murder of Shahid Alam on February 24 during the riots. The crime branch arrested six Muslim men for the murder based on eye-witness statements by three migrant workers, all of whom told Newslaundry that their statements are fabricated.The conversation begins with details of the statements of the arrested suspects and eyewitnesses and moves on to discuss the glaring discrepancies in the chargesheet. Basant tells Snigdha how the chargesheet says Mukesh, the primary eyewitness, had identified Raees Khan, but the case diary has no mention of the name. In fact, even Mukesh says he doesn’t know any Raees Khan or the suspects who were brought in front of him at the police station for identification. Ayush goes on to shed light on how the Delhi police have not been very responsive to Ayush and Basant’s questions.This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+125%3A+Delhi+carnage%2C+Assam+journalist+arrested%2C+and+more
access_time6 months ago
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Basant Kumar, Ayush Tiwari and Ayan Sharma of Newslaundry. They begin with a discussion on Ayush and Basant’s report on the Delhi police’s investigation into February's communal carnage. They explain how the police allegedly fabricated and distorted witness statements to shield the Hindu killers of a Muslim electrician and how they stacked up vague evidence against four men Muslim arrested for the murder.Ayan talks about his report on the arrest of a journalist in Assam who had reported on timber and cattle smuggling rackets in the state.Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Reporters+Without+Orders+Ep+124%3A+Coronavirus+and+Telangana%E2%80%99s+KCR+government%2C+and+more
access_time6 months ago
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Revathi Pogadadanda, an independent journalist and former CEO of Mojo TV, and Newslaundry’s Anusuya Som.The episode begins with a discussion on the temporary but unexplained disappearance of Telangana Chief Minister, K Chandrasekhar Rao, that fuelled the #WhereisKCR trend on Twitter. The episode revolves around Revathi’s report on the state’s perplexing response to the pandemic and the diminishing press freedom there. She talks about her own arrest post her eye-opening reports on the multiple student suicides in Telangana. Revathi brings up instances of journalists being threatened for questioning KCR government. She also talks about KCR’s hostile relationship with non-Telangana Rashtra Samithi-owned media.  They also discuss the continuous protests by healthcare workers in Telangana, mainly at the Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad. The conversation ends with Anusuya’s recent report on the plight workers and businessmen at one of India’s most famous flea market, Sarojni Nagar.  Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Reporters+Without+Orders+Ep+123%3A+Inside+the+%E2%80%98Kattar+Hindu%E2%80%99+WhatsApp+group
access_time7 months ago
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Ayush Tiwari and Basant Kumar in a discussion dedicated entirely to the Delhi riots and the recent charge sheets filed by the Delhi Police.Ayush and Basant recently wrote a report titled: Delhi riots: Inside the ‘Kattar Hindu’ WhatsApp group that planned, executed murders. The duo speaks to Snigdha about their approach when it comes to reporting on an issue like this. They also discuss the background of the members of the group, and how hatred towards the minority community was a common denominator amongst them. This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have.Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+122%3A+The+plight+of+Adivasis+in+Chhattisgarh+and+Delhi%E2%80%99s+coronavirus+crisis
access_time7 months ago
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Ayan Sharma and Prateek Goyal.Prateek begins with a discussion about his four-part NL Sena series on the plight of Adivasis in Chhattisgarh. He describes the beautiful geography of Bastar and the many tribes that are indigenous to the area. In what can only be called a cruel irony, these inhabitants have been suffering the worst end of the never-ending struggle between security forces and Naxalites. Thousands of Adivasis have been arrested and thrown in jail, often without a trial, for years. Prateek talks about how little it takes for an Adivasi to be jailed. He also explains why the locals of Bastar are unhappy with security forces. The discussion then moves on to Ayan’s report on Delhi’s Covid catastrophe. Ayan explains the various factors that contributed to the situation getting out of hand in the capital, despite the lockdown. The trio also discusses the cooperation between the Centre and the Delhi government. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+121%3A+Ramdev%E2%80%99s+miracle+Covid-19+cure%2C+OpIndia%2C+and+more
access_time7 months ago
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Basant Kumar and Ayush Tiwari.Basant tells the panel about his recent report on Patanjali’s claims of having found a cure for coronavirus. He illustrates the dubiousness behind the claim based on his conversation with the Chief Medical Officer of Meerut who clearly called it a “false claim.” The trio also discusses the coverage of the so-called cure on TV news channels. In fact, many TV news anchors almost acted as cheerleaders for Patanjali with their shows sponsored by the brand.The panel moves on to discuss Ayush’s report on OpIndia. They talk about why advertisers have been pulling out from the hate-fuelling website. Ayush even spills details of their funding and their undisclosed connection to the Bhartiya Janta Party. This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have.Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+120%3A+Mental+health%2C+India-China+conflict%2C+and+More
access_time7 months ago
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Meghnad S and Basant Kumar.They discuss mental health in light of the actor’s Sushant Singh Rajput’s death by suicide and its coverage by the media. They talk about the condition of mental healthcare in India and the steps taken by the government to address this invisible pandemic. The discussion then moves on to the clash between Indian and Chinese soldiers in Ladhak’s Galwan Valley that left at least 20 Indian soldiers dead. Meghnad talks about his piece detailing how TV news channels calling for a boycott of Chinese products are taking Chinese ad money.This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have.Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+119%3A+How+are+Darjeeling%2C+Kalimpong%2C+and+Sikkim+handling+the+Covid-19+pandemic%3F
access_time8 months ago
We want to keep you posted about one of the most ignored regions of the country. So, in this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Times of India correspondent Shradha Chettri, and East Mojo’s Sikkim correspondent, Pankaj Dhungel.The podcast begins with the trio talking about the number of Covid-19 cases in each region, the number of healthcare facilities available for infected patients, quarantine centres, etc. The conversation soon leads to a shocking revelation: the entire region of North Bengal including Darjeeling and Kalimpong, and the state of Sikkim had only one testing centre until the end of May when Sikkim got its own testing facility. They talk about the backlog in test results due to the immense pressure on the lone testing lab at the NBMCH which still caters to Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar and Cooch Behar districts, apart from Darjeeling and Kalimpong.They also discuss the government’s lack of transparency in these testing times, and the impact of the pandemic on the tea and tourism industry. This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have.Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+118%3A+News+18%E2%80%99s+%E2%80%9Cedited%E2%80%9D+report+on+shoddy+N-95+masks+at+AIIMS%2C+Delhi+Police%E2%80%99s+chargesheet%2C+and+more
access_time8 months ago
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Basant Kumar and Ayush Tiwari.The podcast begins with Basant talking about his report on the Covid-19 outbreak at TV9 Bharatvarsh and the channel’s apathy towards its own employees. The discussion moves to press freedom in India. The context is Ayush’s report on how News 18 edited its report on low-quality N-95 masks at Delhi’s AIIMS beyond recognition. The AIIMS doctor quoted in it was also expelled from the Resident Doctors’ Association.The trio also discusses the Delhi Police’s chargesheet in the Delhi riots case. Basant and Ayush also share a quick recap of their detailed report on the carnage.This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have.Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+117%3A+Central+Vista%2C+layoffs+at+The+Telegraph%2C+and+more
access_time8 months ago
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Ayan Sharma and Hameeda Syed.Hameeda begins the podcast with a discussion on her extensive report on Narendra Modi’s redevelopment plans for Delhi’s Central Vista. She talks about various aspects of the project including its very need, cost, clearances, public consultation, and aesthetic. Ayan talks about his report on Prag News, an Assamese news channel that forced one of its pregnant employees to quit, saying they needed “agile people” at the workplace. The trio also discuss the layoffs at The Telegraph, and the glaring contrast in how the newspaper covered the COVID-19 response by the Centre and the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government. This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+116%3A+Layoffs+in+media%2C+OpIndia%E2%80%99s+communalisation+of+a+Bihar+boy%E2%80%99s+death%2C+and+more
access_time8 months ago
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Ayush Tiwari and Basant Kumar.While Basant tells the panel about his report on Opindia communalising the death of a boy in Bihar’s Gopalganj, Ayush talks about his reports on the layoffs in the Times group. The trio also discuss journalists in Himachal Pradesh facing FIRs for reporting on government failures, and the News Broadcasters Association and the Indian Newspaper Society’s response to a PIL challenging layoffs by media companies. This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+115%3A+How+is+Northeast+India+handling+the+Covid-19+pandemic%3F
access_time9 months ago
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Makepeace Sitlhou, an independent journalist based in Guwahati, Assam, and Ri Kynti Marwein, editor of Highland Post, a newspaper published in Shillong, Meghalaya.

Ri Kynti begins with a hilarious story about the kind of comments made on the Meghalaya chief minister’s Facebook lives, leading to a conversation about the lack of official information available from the government. Makepeace shares a brief account of how Northeastern states are managing the pandemic, based on a report she wrote. She talks about how the relatively low rate of infection recorded in the region could be due to low testing.

Ri Kynti talks about a recent report in her newspaper on how an entire village almost starved due to non-renewal of ration cards by the government. She also explains the function of a Dorbar Shnong, or the village headman, under the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council, one of the 25 autonomous regions in India; and their role in assisting the government to contain the pandemic.

On being asked about cooperation between different tribal communities during the crisis, Makepeace is of the view that while there are many such instances, everything is not as hunky-dory as a section of the mainstream media tends to make it out to be. She sheds light on how authority is perceived differently by different communities across the Northeast.

This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have.


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Ep+114%3A+Covid-19+testing%2C+private+coaching+centres+and+the+pandemic%2C+and+more
access_time9 months ago
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Basant Kumar, Ayan Sharma, and Nikita Bishnoi. The panel, through the length of the podcast, discusses several aspects of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

While Nikita talks about her report on how India has tested less than one per cent of its population, Ayan tells the panel about his report on how private coaching institutes are dealing with the coronavirus outbreak. The panel, further, goes on to discuss Basant’s report on a group of auto drivers who drove close to 1400 kilometres to reach their home in Bihar’s Katihar district.

This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have.

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Ep+113%3A+Arnab+Goswami%2C+Andaman+journalist%E2%80%99s+arrest%2C+and+more
access_time9 months ago
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Basant Kumar, Ayush Tiwari, and Hameeda Syed.

Ayush begins by discussing his reports on Arnab Goswami quitting the Editor’s Guild of India, the FIR’s filed against him by the Congress, and the fiasco that followed. Hameeda tells the panel about the strange events that led to the alleged arrest of an Andaman based journalist. Further, Basant enlightens the panel about his report on the migrant workers who died while walking back to their native places, amidst the lockdown. This inevitably leads to a discussion surrounding the mental health of reporters who have been covering the pandemic and its effects from close quarters.

This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have.

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Ep+112%3A+Inside+a+Covid-19+hospital+in+Pune%2C+Bandra+migrant+gathering%2C+and+more
access_time9 months ago
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Basant Kumar and Prateek Goyal. They discuss various aspects of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
While Basat talks about his report on the Tihar prisoners who were released and left to walk a hundred kilometers home, Prateek sheds light on the gathering of migrant workers in Bandra, Mumbai, which he covered in this report.
They also talk about Basant’s report on the condition of migrant workers working at roadside dhabas in Murthal, Haryana, and Prateek’s experience reporting from Pune’s Sasoon General Hospital.

This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have.

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Ep+110%3A+Media+layoffs%2C+attack+on+migrant+workers+in+Manesar%2C+and+more
access_time9 months ago
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Hameeda Syed, Ayush Tiwari and Basant Kumar.
The discussion kicks off with Hameeda’s report on a petition that sought the nationalisation of private hospitals and labs, until the pandemic subsides. The panel talks about Ayush’s report on media layoffs with The Quint furloughing 45 of its staffers, and Basant’s report from Manesar, where migrant workers from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh were attacked by locals.

This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have.

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Ep+110%3A+The+lockdown+in+Rajasthan%E2%80%99s+Bhilwara%2C+Indore+attack+on+health+workers%2C+and+more
access_time10 months ago
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Prateek Goyal and Basant Kumar, along with independent journalist Anumeha Yadav. The panel, through the length of the podcast, discuss several aspects of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Anumeha talks about her report from Bhilwara in Rajasthan, one of the first districts to go under lockdown in the country. From how the district administration dealt with the situation to the success of the Bhilwara model, she shares details of her impressions as a reporter.

Prateek tells us about his report from Indore on how a misleading WhatsApp message led to an assault of a team of medical and police personnel in Tatpatti Bhakal. The panel goes on to discuss Basant’s report on more than 40 migrant labourers from Bihar, who are stuck in Ahmedabad—helpless, hungry and unable to make ends meet.

This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have.

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Ep+109%3A+COVID-19%2C+migrant+exodus%2C+and+more
access_time10 months ago
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Ayush Tiwari, Hameeda Syed and Basant Kumar. The panel, through the length of the podcast, discuss several aspects of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. While Hameeda talks about her report on how the pandemic might pan out, based on her conversation with Indian experts, Ayush and Basant describe the multitude of hardships faced by migrant workers attempting to return to their native states due to lack of planning by the government.

This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have.

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PS: Apologies for the sound quality. We are working on making it better.
Ep+108%3A+Delhi%E2%80%99s+drain+of+death%2C+Covid-19%2C+and+more
access_time10 months ago
Snigdha Sharma is joined by Ayush Tiwari and Ayan Sharma of Newslaundry. Ayush kicks the podcast off with Basaant and his report on the victims of the Delhi riots, who ended up in Delhi's 'drains of death'. They also talk about Ayan’s report on the journalists who were attacked during the lockdown and the suffering of migrant workers across India.

This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have.

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PS: Apologies for the sound quality. We are working on making it better.
Ep+107%3A+Coronavirus+threat%2C+Delhi+carnage%2C+and+more
access_time10 months ago
Snigdha Sharma is joined by Hameeda Syed, Basant Kumar and Ayan Sharma of Newslaundry. They discuss Hameeda’s report on how a peaceful protest against the citizenship law at Khureji, one of the “other Shaheen Baghs of Delhi”, was shut down by the police after the Delhi riots started. They also talk about Basant’s report on how residents of a slum in Ganga Vihar, which was burnt down during the violence, are not being allowed to rebuild their homes. Ayan shares the details of his story from the Delhi airport, where coronavirus screening led to over 500 flyers being stranded for up to nine hours.

This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have.

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Ep+106%3A+The+aftermath+of+Delhi+riots
access_time11 months ago
Host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Ayush Tiwari, Basant Kumar, and Anusuya Som of Newslaundry. The panel begins the podcast with Basant’s report on the life of riot victims in New Mustafabad’s Eidghah relief camp followed by Anusuya’s report on what the Aam Aadmi Party is doing to help Delhi carnage victims. Ayush shares details of his article on how no one is holding Amit Shah and Yogi Adityanath accountable for their pre-election vitriol in Delhi.

This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have.

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Host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Ayush Tiwari and Basant Kumar of Newslaundry. They discuss the situation in Delhi in the wake of last week’s communal violence. They also talk about their experience reporting from the ground and documenting the sheer scale and horror of the tragedy.

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access_time11 months ago
In this special episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Aishwarya S Iyer from The Quint and Newslaundry’s Ayan Sharma, Anusuya Som and Veena Nair—all of whom covered the violence that broke out in Northeast Delhi last week. From sharing their first-hand experiences on the ground to the emotional toll of reporting such horrific events, the reporters talk about it all in this candid conversation.
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Ep+103%3A+Kejriwal%E2%80%99s+swearing-in%2C+Bharat+Bodh%2C+and+more
access_time11 months ago
A reporters’ podcast about what made news and what shouldn’t have.

In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Ayush Tiwari, Ayan Sharma and Veena Nair of Newslaundry. Ayan shares his experience covering Arvind Kejriwal’s swearing-in ceremony. He met tens of AAP supporters at the event who told him what they expect from the new government. Veena discusses her interview with Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit, who is the son of former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, and Ayush talks about how he braved a programme organised by OpIndia and My Nation and lived to tell the tale.

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access_time12 months ago
A reporters’ podcast about what made news and what shouldn’t have.

In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Basant Kumar, Ayan Sharma and Prateek Goyal of Newslaundry. While Basant and Ayan discuss the Delhi election, Prateek talks about his series on the status of the Koregaon Bhima controversy.

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